Adobe for CU Denver Students

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Create amazing work for school and beyond with Adobe products. Make the most of the free Adobe Creative Cloud account for select programs and/or Adobe Express that the university offers every student. Available to request starting July 1, 2023. Read the "To Access" section before submitting your request.
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Welcome to Adobe 

Students on the University of Colorado Denver campus can request an Adobe Creative Cloud or Adobe Express license for coursework at no cost.  

Specific schools and departments will be automatically enrolling students, who are required to use Adobe Creative Cloud, with a license. Those schools and departments will distribute the Creative Cloud licenses accordingly.  

For student employees and work studies. If a student requires the full Adobe Creative Cloud and is not enrolled in a course that requires it, they will need a sponsoring department to submit a request through the faculty and staff webpage and provide a speedtype for the $65 annual fee.   

Licenses are active for one year from July 1st through June 30th. Students are required to be enrolled in the semester to receive any of the Adobe licenses. 

With Adobe Express 

Adobe Express is a reduced version of Adobe Creative Cloud. The applications included in Adobe Express are: 

  • Premiere Rush – Shoot, edit, and share videos 
  • Photoshop Express – Edits and retouch images 
  • Spark Video – Quickly create video slideshows 
  • Spark Page – Turn words and images into gliding webpages  

Create social media graphics, flyers, logos, posters, advertisements, banners, business cards, and more. Edit photos and videos, create PDFs, and collaborate with others on your projects. Access professional, on-trend templates, photos, fonts, icons, and design assets. 

With Creative Cloud 

Create amazing digital media with Adobe Creative Cloud.  

Access industry-leading desktop and mobile apps like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Adobe Spark, and many more. Get all the tools you need to make your presentations more compelling. Create powerful stories and data visualizations with videos, interactive PDFs, games, web content, images, digital drawings, mobile app designs, and more.  

Adobe Creative Cloud is available to students who are enrolled in courses that require it as part of their program with specific schools or departments at no cost to the student.   

To Access

Complete the request for Adobe Express on the OIT Service Center portal.
(For Adobe Creative Cloud licenses please go through your sponsoring department. Licenses cannot be purchased with a procurement card or credit card.)

  • Log in to using your university credentials
  • After you are logged in, select Make a Request
  • In the service catalog, select Software and Applications and then select Adobe
  • Select the tile for Adobe Express
  • Request a new license by selecting New and complete the form
  • Click Submit Order

Note: If you would like to cancel your license, please select Disconnect and complete the form.

Next step after being approved for a license

When you submit the order, a service request will be created and you will receive an email with an Incident / Record ID number. Once you receive a follow-up message that you have been approved for a license, you can access the Adobe Express software by going to This email will come from Adobe so please check your Junk or Spam folder. 

  • Click on Sign In at the top right-hand corner of the screen
  • Type in your university email address
  • Enter your university credentials at the CU Denver | Anschutz Web Login page
  • Once you're logged in, click Open under the Adobe logo to access the software

Training Resources

Getting Started

Details about Adobe product options and user guide information is available from Adobe. More information can be found at:

Frequently Asked Questions

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